In Breaking the Flood, the first of four novels about the fall of Constantinople, Niccolo Gritti, a nineteen year-old scion of an aristocratic merchant dynasty in mid-15th century Venice, recounts his upbringing, his familys impoverishment and his decision to take ship in a trading fleet to the eastern Mediterranean.
Ambushed by corsairs, Niccolo is pressed as a galley slave.
Soon, a fellow oarsman identifies himself as Demetrius Angelos, member of a distinguished military family in Constantinople.
Demetrius is desperate to return there, threatened as his city is by the bellicose ruler of the Ottomans, Mehmet II.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 230 pages
- Publisher: Austin Macauley Publishers
- Publication Date: 29/03/2018
- Category: Humamities
- ISBN: 9781787105034
- Paperback / softback from £7.85